The Future of Shopping

By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

These 10 major retailers might not exist in 2018

This article originally appeared in Money.<p>Retailers in the United States are filing for bankruptcy at a record pace.<p>Already this year, 14 retailers …

eCommerce

Retail is Transforming, Not Dying: National Retail Federation CEO

President Trump outlined his tax reform plan today, and one industry that could reap some of the biggest rewards is retail.<p>E-commerce juggernauts such as Amazon continue to prove a formidable opponent to the brick-and-mortar operations of retail stores, but during an interview with Stuart Varney on …

eCommerce

How Brands Are Finally Cashing In on Social With Shoppable Instagram Stories and Snapchat Ads

For years, social platforms have been dogged with reports that posts don’t lead to sales, leaving some retailers to question if big investments in …

Advertising

Can Retail Be Saved? Yes, and Here's How

Whatever service or product you are selling, retailers attract and keep customers by designing an experience, not just an expedition.<p>What's with the empty storefronts on Madison Avenue, High Street, Main Street? What's with the catastrophic store-closings at Sears, Macy's, J.C. Penney? Don't blame …

Retail

Your Local CVS Drugstore Is About to Look Very Different

CVS Health (cvs) wants its stores, and the sales they generate, to be healthier.<p>The company, which operates 8,000 drugstores as well as the Caremark …

Walmart

The rise and rise of pop-up shops and what it means for retail

Pop up retail has taken the UK by storm over the last few years, with temporary shops now proving a staple in many of the country’s busiest retail …

Glimpse the Store of the Future

With "connected" clothes rails and "smart" mirrors, online luxury retailer Farfetch believes it has created the store of the future. Using the latest …

eCommerce
Retail

With Stores Closing Down Everywhere, Here’s What the Future of Retail Looks Like

Ready or not, the future of retail is here.<p>Accelerating expectations for convenience, faster delivery and engaging in-store experiences have sent …

eCommerce

The Mine lets you look at its furniture from every angle with 3D imaging

Why it matters to you<p>The Mine wants online furnitures to get as close as possible to the experience of in-person shopping without having to leave …

Furniture

Debenhams announces 11 warehouses will close and 10 stores are under threat

The new boss of department store chain Debenhams has unveiled plans to close 11 warehouses and put up to 10 stores under review, in a move impacting …

eCommerce
Chatbots
Amazon

Retailers Use Augmented Reality, High Tech To Lure Shoppers

When you walk into sustainable fashion brand Reformation's new store in the Mission district of San Francisco, you might be surprised to notice there is no cash register, and just one size of each clothing item is on display. There are also screens — lots of screens, inviting you to touch …

eCommerce
eCommerce

Imagining the Retail Store of the Future

LONDON — What will the store of the future look like? Will we be served by fleets of gleaming robots, using built-in facial recognition technology to adjust each sales pitch to a person’s current mood or past spending preferences? Will there be voice-activated personal assistants, downloading the …

eCommerce

Do retailers need innovation labs to stay alive?

The retail industry prides itself on its heritage.<p>Department stores like Sears and Macy’s were founded just before the turn of the 20th century and …

Innovation

Farfetch Announces Store of The Future

Last week at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, Farfetch founder José Neves spoke about his vision for a future retail experience, where …

eCommerce

Google is trying to turn Image Search into a shopping tool

Google wants to help you find a purse to match that dress.<p>Google has added a new shopping feature in Image Search called “style ideas” that shows users perusing fashion merchandise what specific items look like paired with others.<p>A preview of the feature, launching in mobile search, demonstrates a …

Google

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

eCommerce

Amazon's no-cashier store can't handle more than a few shoppers

Amazon wanted to make a store where anyone can walk in, and take what they want without having to stop to pay on the way out. It seems all it takes to break this pie-in-the-sky idea are the shoppers.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the technology required for the store to charge customers …

Walmart

Think Tank: What Retailers Need to Know When Eyeing Technology

From advancements in artificial intelligence and virtual reality to the utilization of chatbots to bring elements of the in-store experiences online, …

Customer Experience
Retail

Amazon opens two click-and-collect grocery stores

AmazonFresh Pickup has arrived. Amazon on Tuesday showed off a quick video and landing page for its newest store concept: grocery pickup locations. USA TODAY<p>SAN FRANCISCO — The future of grocery shopping opened in what once was a sleepy Scandinavian neighborhood in Seattle this week and it looks …

Amazon

Alibaba is making moves in the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market

Amazon's foremost competitor in Asia, Alibaba, is slowly yet steadily gaining a foothold in India, the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market.<p>The Chinese internet giant has started working out of a shared office space in India's Silicon Valley, <i>Economic Times</i> reports.<p>This comes a few months after …

Emerging Technology

How to Create an Organic Ecommerce Instagram Strategy: Thou Shalt and Thou Shalt Not

The business case for Instagram ecommerce is strong.<p>Advertising on Instagram is exploding.<p>And the tools for selling natively are coming …

Social Media Marketing

6 Signs Amazon.com's Best Days Are Ahead

<b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN) rallied 330% over the past five years -- an incredible run for a company that was already the world's largest online retailer. But even after that great rally, which lifted the company's enterprise value to over $400 billion, Amazon doesn't seem to be slowing down at …

Amazon

Is Amazon Following Microsoft's Lead in Augmented Reality?

What do Amazon’s rumored AR efforts mean for the future of brick-and-mortar shopping?<p><b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) could be developing augmented reality (or …

Augmented Reality
Artificial Intelligence